After weeks away from the negotiating table, Mark Murphy returned yesterday and immediately made a difference, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks between the NFL and the former players union.
According to Mike Freeman at CBS Sports, the owners made a significant concession on the issue of a rookie wage scale, enabling the two sides to come to an agreement on the issue late last evening. More than one source has told me that Murphy was a significant player in this development.
Murphy is thought to have angered many on the players side with remarks in late April regarding the NFL possibly doing "too much" for players. Whether that led to Murphy's prolonged absence from the negotiating table is unclear, but his return helped pave the way to a major breakthrough on an issue that had been holding up the current talks.
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